Feb 10, 2013 6:00am PST
of trying to protect mr. menendez, a new jersey democrat, the senate majority leader harry reid needs to remove his gavel pending credible resolution by the senate ethics committee of the swirling accusations of misconduct. is senator menendez in -- in trouble or at least in danger of temporarily losing? he just became the chair of this committee? >> i had a chance to ask harry reid about this at a news conference a couple of weeks ago, and senator reid is giving no indication whatsoever that he is going to take the gavel away, and senator menendez is right about some of the allegations, some of the others that popped up in the conservative news side, the daily caller, no evidence to correspond roborate. the political -- >> almost two years late. >> and did not put them on his disclosure form is a problem for him. >> two weeks ago is one thing. now -- i mean "the new york times" calling for a democrat to remove a democrat from a committee is fairly noteworthy. >> let's say new jersey doesn't exactly have the best record when it comes to ethics in government. what "the new york times"
Feb 17, 2013 6:00am PST
it has to happen. senator reid, harry reid, proposed legislation that would dover the sequestration to the next year. it would be paid for in a balanced way by additional revenue as well as additional -- >> tax hikes. >> indeed. >> -- cuts in spending and that's the way to proceed in avoiding the blunt across-the-board cuts and getting us chance to get back into the regular order, proposing a budget, doing an appropriations bill. >> and we should point out, it's been the democrats who have been in charge of the senate who haven't come up with a budget for the last four years so that's why we haven't this h a regular one. >> he had the budget control act of 2011 which set the caps, which was budgetary and not a resolution between the two houses. we're working on a budget right now and need to get that done. we need time. the sequestration will preempt us from getting a budget done and other factors. >> it's kind of always that you guys need more time and can we put it off until next year. to me it's like the fiscal cliff and now it involves the military and these men saying we won't
Jan 31, 2013 11:00pm PST
the accusations politically motivated. senate majority leader harry reid strongly defended menendez on tuesday, and attacked the online story. >> i've told you how i feel about the source of this stuff is, really very, very typical for the source. >> reporter: but today, after reid's aides said menendez failed to tell reid about those reimbursed trips to the caribbean, senator reid distanced himself a bit. >> he's an outstanding senator. he's now the new chair of the foreign relations committee. any questions in this regard direct to him. i don't know anything about it. >> reporter: but the fbi is asking questions about the senator's wealthy friend and big campaign donor, dr. salomon melgen, whose corporate jet like this one, senator used to fly to the doctor's home in the dominican republic. the fbi and federal health care fraud investigators raided dr. melgen's florida office this week and hauled away several boxes. the fbi would only call it law enforcement activity. in an e-mailed statement, melgen's lawyer says, "the government has not informed dr. melgen what concerns it may have. we are